Being a youth - Culture vs being cool

Prienderen Moodley By Prienderen Moodley, 9th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A look at how culture itself as changed and how youth's views on culture has changed. Some of this article deals with the modernisation and westernisation of the meaning of culture as well as the actions, behaviour, reactions, philosophies patterns of thinking of modern society on culture.

Culture is within you

When I look back at old movies I admire how proud the actors are of their culture. Things like lobola, the wearing of cultural clothes or tribal dances are sybols of that pride. However society has changed a lot since then. We now have a modern society - a much more free and open-minded way of thinking. Sure enough, modern society hasn't forced anyone to forget or to dismantle their cultures. However some part of modern day society portrays some cultures as boring.

So the modern children, especially teens have quite a dilemma on their hands. Some have a choice between culture and being cool. There are some who will choose culture even though it would mean being regarded as "uncool". Wearing punjabis or sarees to work these days are unheard of sometimes even if it is on special occasion or on festival days. Westernisation or moving away from culture is part of modern society.

One cannot deny how beautiful people look with their traditional, cultural clothing and nothing is quite so awesome and spectacular as cultural events and festivals. Unfortunately in today's world other events such as concerts, dances and parties take preference over cultural festivals. These events provide much more fun and are considered to be much more in tune with today's usual activities for the nodern day child or teen. Yes, if we don't keep up with the times then we will get left behind.

Having conceded that,the question still remains : where would we be without our roots? Our culture is more about where we came from and what we stand for. If we can't be proud of what we stand for, then what are we really about and how can we be sure who we really are? My advice is be proud of who you and be proud of your culture and heritage. There is still a way of doing what is considered normal for children and teens to be doing and at the same time remaining true to your culture.


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Writing is about the heart, I want to touch peoples' hearts about something important like love. If something touches the heart, it makes it thought provoking.

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